Last week, the world saw another bombshell announcement from WikiLeaks. Per their tweets and resulting confidential data dump, it was readily apparent that the CIA had amassed techniques for breaking into many kinds of digital devices imaginable: smartphones and computers, yes, but also things connected to the internet, like smart TVs (perhaps they’ve looked into […] read more
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) has settled a data breach that affected approximately 690,000 New Jersey residents. This data breach was noted on this blog not too long ago: In January, the Third Circuit Appellate Court declared that a lawsuit against the insurer could proceed because the “improper disclosure” of […] read more
As the year draws to a close – and what a year! – we finally have some good, sensible news: the US government has found that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,” and so encryption backdoors are an untenable scenario. This should be the final and decisive nail to the coffin […] read more
Time has shown that all types of businesses are targets for hacking. The big ones, because they have money. The small and medium-sized businesses, because they have money, although less of it than big enterprises. Stories of phishing or hacking into computers that host electronic banking activities have popped up in the news frequently. Here’s […] read more
HIPAA Disk Encryption: Why Would You Authorize Employees To Work From Home Without Encrypting Patient Data?.
According to wreg.com, patients at the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation recently learned they were potential victims of a data breach. This is one of those cases where one is left wondering if administrators thought things through: HIPAA encryption software was not used on a data storage device that comprised six years worth of patient data; […] read more
There are brazen thieves and then there is this guy: video footage from a security camera obtained by krgv.com shows a middle-aged man leisurely strolling back to his stolen truck with a stolen computer under his arm. It’s because of instances like these that the use of HIPAA-grade disk encryption like AlertBoot’s managed encryption services […] read more
The new year brings us surprises. According to nj.com, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has signed into law a requirement that health insurance companies encrypt client information. As nj.com points out, The Garden State has been witness to a couple of massive data breaches in the past couple of years – incidents that could have […] read more
Generally, when an entity experiences a data breach (say, a laptop theft), it concludes the thieves were not after the data on the device, proclaiming with alacrity that they suspect the hardware was the objective of the theft, that the laptop will be wiped and resold, that clients’ data are probably safe – an assumption […] read more
Another incident that shows the importance of using HIPAA encryption software on desktop computers. In addition, it shows why full disk encryption is preferential to file encryption. Medical Establishment Break-in Bay Area Pain Medical Associates, according to phiprivacy.net, has contacted patients that three desktop computers with patient data were stolen in May of this year. […] read more
Desktop Encryption: LA County Encrypts All Workstations, Will Require The Same From Contracted Agencies.
It escaped my notice, so I’m opining on this three weeks late – to be honest, a quick search seems to indicate that almost no one covered this particular development – but Los Angeles County has moved to up their data security by pursuing workstation encryption, as seen in this motion. All I can say […] read more